Tracy Chevalier

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Burning Bright

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Fiction
UK HarperCollins
US Penguin
2007
Burning Bright follows the Kellaway family as they leave behind tragedy in rural Dorset and come to late 18th-century London. As they move in next door to the radical painter/poet William Blake, and take up work for a near-by circus impresario, the youngest family member gets to know a girl his age. Embodying opposite characteristics – Maggie Butterfield is a dark-haired, streetwise extrovert, Jem Kellaway a quiet blond introvert – the children form a strong bond while getting to know their unusual neighbor and his wife.

Set against the backdrop of a city nervous of the revolution gone sour across the Channel in France, Burning Bright explores the states of innocence and experience just as Blake takes on similar themes in his best-known poems, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.
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Burning Bright
Burning Bright
Reviews


Vivid, romantic and pacey. Sophie Cross
Daily Mail


Entertaining and involving. Rachel Hore
Literary Review
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A subtle clarity of style, quirky but seldom overdrawn characters, engaging touches of domestic detail and a splendidly vital recreation of Georgian London. Hugo Barnacle
The Sunday Times
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The novel brims with descriptive detail. Clare Clark
Guardian


Readers who enjoy Chevalier's style will find much to admire in her depiction of London. The Independent
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Masterfully evokes a sense of working-class life during a specific historical period. Hannah Tucker
Entertainment Weekly
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Marvellously plotted with every character functioning to advance the narrative... Chevalier masterfully works the themes. Susan Vreeland
Waterstones Quarterly Review
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Chevalier is a breath of fresh air... she’s at her best when she evokes ‘the chaos of London’. Emma Lee-Potter
The Daily Express
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Chevalier's writing is most lively and supple when depicting adolescent sexuality. Julie Wittes Schlack
Boston Globe
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Her pen-sketches of the squalor, smells and sounds of low-life London flesh out the history into immediacy. Lisa Jardine
Financial Times
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Chevalier has a knack for re-creating the sights, attitudes and spirit of a historical period. Francine Prose
People
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A visual delight. Sarah Emily Miano
The Times
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